A Del City teenager accused of killing her infant son frequently lost her temper when he cried and was angry the night she threw the child into his crib, a former boyfriend testified Wednesday.
Jennifer Marie Respicio, 14, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 21 death of Jaidyn Respicio, 7 months.
Ammone Myers, 15, dated Respicio for about a year and lived with the defendant and her mother at the time of Jaidyn's death.
Myers said the couple were staying up late watching movies when the baby started crying.
Respicio told the baby to “shut up,” Myers testified. He then demonstrated for the court how she picked up the infant by his rib cage with both hands and threw him toward his crib.
The child hit the sides of the wooden enclosure before landing on the mattress, Myers said.
“She got a little physical with him because he was crying,” the witness said. “She put the baby down too hard.”
Respicio, the ex-boyfriend testified, often got angry when her son cried.
“She would react like that most of the time,” said Myers, who said he was not the child's biological father.
Myers told a judge hearing evidence at Respicio's preliminary hearing that the girl's sister confronted her earlier in the evening over the way Respicio cared for the sister's infant son, who was 1 month old at the time.
Respicio allegedly threw that child at her sister during the argument.
“Her sister was accusing her of that,” Myers testified. “(Jennifer) was denying it.”
Jaidyn died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen and chest, the state medical examiner reported. His death was ruled a homicide. The baby was taken to OU Medical Center about 6:50 a.m. April 21 and died about an hour later.
The infant's injuries included several broken ribs and a lacerated liver, according to testimony.
Oklahoma County Special Judge Larry Jones is expected to decide next month whether Respicio will be certified as an adult, juvenile or youthful offender.
The certification will determine where and how long the teen is incarcerated if she is convicted of a crime.
The judge also will decide whether there is probable cause to send Respicio to trial.